GUELPH, ON [November 22, 2021] – The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Board of Directors gave Peggy Brekveld and the entire Executive Committee a vote of confidence as the leadership group was acclaimed for a second consecutive term.
“I appreciate the support and confidence the board has instilled in our leadership group and I’m proud to represent this organization alongside our dedicated, passionate Executive for another year,” said Brekveld, OFA President. “I’m looking forward to continuing our work and collaborating with industry partners as we aim to better connect with Ontarians and advocate for issues and priorities that protect Farms and Food Forever.”
This is the second year the President and Executive Committee has been elected by the board of directors following a bylaw ratification which was voted in by the delegates at the 2020 annual meeting.
Brekveld, a dairy farmer with her family near Thunder Bay, enters her second one-year term as President of the organization. She also serves in the position of Director-at-Large. Along with her current role, Brekveld holds the position of President of President’s Council, Vice President of Canlead Solutions and a Director with the Agricultural Adaptation Council.
In 2020, Brekveld recognized was one of six Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture. She has proven to be a strong female role model for the organization and has passionately advocated for diversity, equity and inclusion, farmland preservation, broadband expansion, mental health and promoting a strong food value chain for Ontarians.
OFA is also proud to announce that Mark Reusser has been acclaimed as Vice President. Reusser, a turkey farmer near New Dundee, fills the role for his sixth one-year term. Also acclaimed was Vice President Drew Spoelstra. Spoelstra, who farms with his family in Binbrook, will hold the position for a second one-year term. Rounding out the Executive Committee is Crispin Colvin, who will return for his second consecutive term as Executive Member.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is the largest general farm organization in Ontario, representing 38,000 farm families across the province. As a dynamic farmer-led organization based in Guelph, the OFA works to represent and champion the interests of Ontario farmers through government relations, farm policy recommendations, research, lobby efforts, community representation, media relations and more. OFA is the leading advocate for Ontario’s farmers and is Ontario’s voice of the farmer. For more information, visit www.ofa.on.ca.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
519-821-8883 ext. 218